Maybe you are retired and don't have a hobby to take up. Perhaps you're looking for work but don't have any experience. You could be a new resident in Brisbane and want to meet some people in your new city. Or you just want to avoid having to clean the house.
There's a great solution to all of these problems: take up volunteer work! There are plenty of organisations in Brisbane that would love some help in a variety of areas. Maybe you would like to help out at the Lifeline shop, be a hospital volunteer or visit people with meals from Meals on Wheels.
Please share your stories about your volunteering experiences here.
There are many volunteer opportunities. If you are looking for short-term opportunities volunteer with various sporting events like fun runs or charity walks like Oxfam.
If you are looking to give something to your local community look for either sporting clubs or perhaps your local opshop. Don't forget your local hospital or nursing home.
If you want to do something bigger then you can join the redcross or organisations like MDA who are always looking for volunteers.
Some places like the cancer council seems to look for people with lots of experience able to volunteer 3 or 4 days a week, which makes me think they should be employing someone instead.
If you are looking for specific work experience to build up skills you have to think about it carefully. The rules in Australia are that if it is work that you would normally pay someone to do it either has to tie in with a specific course or be a non-for-profit organisation. So internships in Australia are pretty rare. However there are non-for-profits that can give you skills in a range of different areas, including warehousing experience, administration knowledge or education.
Great organisations will provide you with specific projects related to your studies, so always talk to them carefully about this before undertaking a volunteer placement related to study.
A few examples of areas where you can gain work experience without getting the feeling you’re doing the work of a paid person:
secretarial/events/grant writing – school committees
teacher aide – helping out in the classroom
writing and editing – newsletter editor for a club or organisation
retail – volunteering at an op shop
If you are looking for a short-term volunteering job, the Brisbane Writers Festival is on from 3 until 7 September 2014. They are unable to run this fantastic event without volunteers. Jobs range from Venue Manager to Box Office Assistant, from Artist Caretaker to Catering Assistant. Great experience for students of Event Management! Go to
http://bwf.org.au/get-involved/volunteers/ for more information.
Another source for volunteering jobs can be found on
Opportunities are regularly posted on this Facebook page.
The Children's hostpital runs its own indoor play centre where sick kids can spend time during the day doing fun activities. It is a wonderful way to volunteer and it is a fantastic therapy for helping kid's recovery as it gets them out of bed, takes their mind off painful and frightening procedures, and gets them motivated and feeling happy again. Volunteers are always needed to man the play centre so that it can operate for more hours.
If you love heritage places and want to work somewhere fun and interesting. The Caboolture Historic Village is run by 90 percent volunteer labour. There are many things to do from gardening to cooking to restoratrion and maintenance, along with manning the front office. You can work in the gems centre or the indoor museum. One of the great activiti8es some of the more aoutgoing volunteers take part in is reenactments of classic historic events. Its great fun and all the volunteers have a blast watching and participating.
They are a great and friendly bunch and I have worked alongside them personally so would endorse this for anyone.